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Michael Bidwill (born December 6, 1964) is an American businessman, prosecutor, and football executive. He is the current president of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). After practicing law for six years as a federal prosecutor, Michael Bidwill joined the Arizona Cardinals organization in 1996 as Vice President/General Counsel. Today he serves as team President, a position he had held since 2007.[1] He is the grandson of former Cardinals' owner Charles Bidwill and is the son of current team owner Bill Bidwill.

Michael Bidwill
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Mike Bidwill speaking at an event at the University of Phoenix Stadium in August 2016.
Michael Bidwill

(1964-12-06) December 6, 1964 (age 54)
ResidenceParadise Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Alma materSaint Louis University (B.S.)
Catholic University (J.D.)
OccupationBusinessman and Prosecutor
Known forPresident of the Arizona Cardinals
Parent(s)Bill Bidwill
Nancy Bidwill
RelativesCharles Bidwill Jr. (uncle)
Bill Bidwill Jr. (brother)
Patrick Bidwill (brother)
Tim Bidwill (brother)
Nicole Bidwill (sister)


Early life and educationEdit

Michael Bidwill grew up the second of five children in his family. He began to enjoy American football when he visited the Cardinals' training camp for the first time in 1969. In 1974, Bidwill's father, Bill, made him one of the team's ball boys including his brothers William Jr., Patrick and Tim. Said Bidwill in 2007: "I understood at a young age that when you don't win, there will be criticism." Michael Bidwill attended Georgetown Prep and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Saint Louis University in 1987 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Later, he graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1990. From 1990–96, Michael was a federal prosecutor in Phoenix.

Professional careerEdit

Arizona CardinalsEdit

While the Cardinals struggled to fill Sun Devil Stadium, Bidwill publicly stated that fans would respond in greater numbers if given a better environment. He additionally emphasized that the team could not compete without the revenue streams a new stadium would bring. The Cardinals have sold out all 100 games played since the stadium opened in 2006. They sold out 12 total games in 18 seasons at Sun Devil Stadium. In nine seasons at State Farm Stadium, the Cardinals have won their conference once, their division three times, earned three playoff berths and finished .500 or better in 6 of 9. They had two seasons of .500 or better in 18 seasons before moving into State Farm Stadium.[2]

In a column published on October 23, 2014 entitled Arizona Cardinals rebranding themselves with wins and presence,[3] Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim called Bidwill "the glue that holds the organization together." In the same piece, quarterback Carson Palmer had the following to say about Bidwill:

"It's easy to say it's the head coach or the GM. It's the owner," Palmer said. "And you would never know it. He doesn't want to be here when the media's here. He's not doing interviews left and right, but he's picked the right people to hire and he wants to win. … He doesn't have a hand in every decision, cutting this guy, bringing in this guy. He's hired the right people, and he knows it." [4]

In July 2018, Bidwill announced his support for longtime friend and fellow Georgetown Prep classmate Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice nominee. The move generated controversy, as Bidwill used the Arizona Cardinals website and social media outlets to voice his support. This came just two months after NFL owners voted to restrict NFL players' ability to protest during the national anthem.[5][6]

State Farm StadiumEdit

Wrote the Washington Post in 2009, "It's the new stadium, many people inside and outside the organization said, that began the Cardinals' transformation from laughingstock into Super Bowl participant. Once the stadium was built, the team could emerge from its days of having to play before small crowds on a torn-up field as the secondary occupant of Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium." [4]

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told Forbes in 2007, "Their biggest problem was that they needed a new stadium...The stadium is the underpinning of a significantly new situation for the Cardinals." Added Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, "The league needs a successful franchise in that booming area of the country. They maybe have an opportunity to thrive." [5]

Cardinals defensive end Bertrand Berry to the Boston Globe in 2009: "The biggest thing was to get the stadium; not being out there in Sun Devil Stadium in blistering temperatures with people not really wanting to go out there. I mean we didn't want to play out there it was so hot. With the new stadium it's brought excitement. With the new players that have been drafted and free agency, everything has just come together. It was a perfect storm for us." [6]

Other positionsEdit

In addition to his role with the Cardinals, Bidwill has been active in the greater Phoenix business community where he has been an advocate for economic growth and development.

From 2008-10, Bidwill served back-to-back terms as Chairman of Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).[7] He is also a board member of Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), an organization composed of the region's top business and civic leaders.[8] In July 2011, Bidwill and 16 business leaders in the state were appointed to the Arizona Commerce Authority Board of Directors.[9] Michael is also a member of the board for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which carries on the legacy of the former Cardinals safety killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

In 2010, Bidwill was selected by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of its 25 "Most Admired CEO's." [10] In 2009, he received the Leader for Tomorrow award from the Boy Scouts of America.

In 2014, it was announced that Bidwill was named the chair of the league's new conduct committee. Composed of representatives of NFL ownership, the committee will review the league's Personal Conduct Policy at least annually and recommend appropriate changes with advice from outside experts.[11] He also chairs the NFL's Security and Fan Conduct Committee, a group of eight club executives that oversees and develops best security practices for NFL facilities.[12] He also serves on the board of the National Football League Foundation, which in 2013 awarded more than $23 million in grants to support youth and high school football programs, health and safety efforts, as well as community health initiatives.[13] Bidwill has also been a member of the league's Business Ventures Committee since 2007 when Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed him to it.[14]

Bidwill serves on Arizona's Super Bowl Host Committee. The group oversaw the successful staging of Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008.[15] It also brought Super Bowl XLIX, which was played on February 1, 2015 and its half billion dollar economic impact to the state. Super Bowl XLIX was played at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015.[16] After the 2015 game, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "Arizona earned it … this community has wrapped their arms around every opportunity and made the Super Bowl even bigger and better for our fans and for the NFL over all," Goodell said at his annual Super Bowl news conference. "We're thrilled about being here, and we look forward to coming back." [17]

A January 2014 poll in the Phoenix Business Journal asked "what business leader had the best 2013?" Michael Bidwill finished first with 34% of the vote.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Bidwill has an airplane pilot's license, which he's had since he was 19.


  1. ^ Arizona Cardinals. "Arizona Cardinals Media Guide" (PDF). Arizona Cardinals Football Club. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  2. ^ Bob McManaman (27 December 2013). "Bruce Arians makes Arizona Cardinals game plan early birds". Arizona Republic.
  3. ^ Sam Farmer (23 October 2014). "Arizona Cardinals rebranding themselves with wins and presence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ Sam Farmer (23 October 2014). "Arizona Cardinals rebranding themselves with wins and presence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  5. ^ Kalaf, Samer (2018-09-17). "Michael Bidwill Still Thinks High School Pal Brett Kavanaugh Should Be Confirmed To The Supreme Court". Deadspin.
  6. ^ Armour, Nancy (2018-07-10). "Stick to sports? Cardinals' support of Supreme Court nominee shows NFL's hypocrisy". USA Today.
  7. ^ Staff (7 October 2010). "Cardinals president Michael Bidwill honored tonight in Phoenix". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "Member Directory". Greater Phoenix Leadership. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "ACA Board of Directors". Arizona Commerce Authority. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  10. ^ Staff (7 October 2010). "Cardinals president Michael Bidwill honored tonight in Phoenix". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014.
  11. ^ National Football League. Retrieved 2 March 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Arizona Cardinals: Michael Bidwill, President". Arizona Cardinals. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  13. ^ Staff (12 December 2012). "NFL Announces New Charitable Organization: The National Football League Foundation". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014.
  14. ^ Mike Sando (16 April 2010). "Kroenke, NFC West committee roles". ESPN.
  15. ^ Staff. "Michael Bidwill".
  16. ^ Eugene Scott (19 March 2014). "2015 Super Bowl could be Valley's biggest yet". Arizona Republic.
  17. ^ . The Arizona Republic Retrieved 4 February 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ Business Pulse – Polls and Surveys. "What business leader had the best 2013?". Phoenix Business Journal.

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